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7 Online Classes That Will Make You Smarter and More Interesting | Inc.com

Since massive open online courses, known as MOOCs, exploded on the higher education scene, they've increased the breadth and access of classes in a variety of disciplines.<p>Websites like Coursera and edX have leveled the playing field, allowing curious students from around the world to explore …

Social Media Marketing

Scientists can draw very different meanings from the same data, study shows

Crowdsourcing research 'gives space to dissenting opinions'<p>Giving the same information to multiple scientific teams can lead to very different conclusions, a report published today in <i>Nature</i> shows. And that's exactly why two researchers think scientists should share their data with others — well …

Crowdsourcing

5 Reasons Why Treehouse Point Is Your Perfect Glampsite

Photo taken by Michael Wigle, an Explorer for The Outbound.<p>1. You Can Fulfill Your Childhood Dreams<p>As kids, we all dreamed of camping out in an epic treehouse in the backyard. Grown ups can dream too, ya know. Better yet, grown ups can actually do what they want and you know you still want to …

Hiking

Playing with (slightly creepy) computer-controlled 'bots at the @intel tent #WMF15 http://t.co/vpdZ72jQDr

Banksy's Dismal Disney Theme Park Generates $30 Million for Town

An anarchic amusement park by street artist Banksy that mocked capitalism and consumer culture has brought an economic boom to a faded British …

Using The Blockchain To Fight Crime And Save Lives

Andrew Thomson Contributor<p>Andrew Thomson is founder and CEO of VentureRadar, a London-based technology scouting startup that uses big data to connect companies with clients.<p>More posts by this contributor:<p>Emotionally intelligent computers may already have a higher EQ than you<br>• 7 Unexpected Virtual …

Blockchain

A brain-computer interface from OpenBCI. Control a project with your brain! #WMF15 http://t.co/itmGQLEKWp

Debrew is also a smart coffee maker--but this one is open source. #WMF15 http://t.co/uzb6wQAMXw

Here's everything we're expecting to see at Google's big event this week

The company typically holds an event in the fall to introduce its new Nexus phones and the next version of Android.<p>Although we learned about Android Marshmallow at Google I/O in May, the company usually waits until the fall to show off the final version of the software.<p>But there are a few other …

Android News

Google wants to make your living room devices smarter

The marquee items at a Google press event this week may be its new Nexus smartphones, but the company's Chromecast devices are more telling of where Google wants to go. The goal: living room domination.<p>Google has already staked out spots in your living room with its Nest thermostat, Chromecast …

Smart Homes

This lab makes phone batteries that charge in 30 seconds

Welcome to the lab where scientists are building smartphone batteries that fully charge your phone in 30 seconds -- and electric-car batteries …

Tel Aviv University

Rephone lets you hack a cellular radio into anything

Give a dog a phone<p>Yesterday at the Maker Faire in New York, we had a chance to check out the Rephone, a clever little project that comprises a bunch of modules that let you cobble together your own tiny little cell phone. Actually, making a cute little cardboard-encased phone is the least …

Gear & Gadgets

Review: JBL’s new Xtreme Bluetooth speaker goes big on sound and design

JBL first announced its new Xtreme Bluetooth speaker back in July alongside the revamped Flip 3. It is the largest and most expensive speaker in JBL’s portable Bluetooth lineup. As such, slim and quiet are not terms that we’d use to describe this new product. Instead, JBL has packed this speaker …

The Future Of Coding Is Here, And It Threatens To Wipe Out Everything In Its Path

APIs — the rules governing how software programs interact with each other — not user interfaces, will upend software for years to come.<p>When Intel CEO Brian Krzanich doubled down on the Internet of Things at the company’s annual Developer Forum in August, he emphasized what many of us have already …

Internet of Things

Here's how Bono and Mark Zuckerberg aim to bring the Internet to the globe

U2 frontman and humanitarian Bono and Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg want to bring the Internet to the entire world. The pair co-authored an op-ed for …

Silicon Valley

Boeing Just Patented This Weird Cargo-Grabbing Plane

That's one way to make boxes aerodynamic<p>Cargo containers are as universal as trade itself, finding their way onto trucks, freight trains, and ocean-going vessels. Their uniform, boxy shape and sharp edges make them instantly stackable, but not terribly aerodynamic. For transport by air, that …

Aviation

Kick Back Like a Samurai at the World’s Oldest Hotel

More than 1,300 years in business, and not one bad Yelp review.<p>Tucked into the South Japanese Alps lies Nishiyama Onsen Keiunkan, the world’s oldest …

Japan

Innovative Skylight Window Easily Transforms into Rooftop Balcony

It's now possible to transform a skylight into a small balcony by simply opening its frame. Danish window company Velux has designed <i>Cabrio</i>, a dormer that's made up of two sections, each with a different purpose. The top opens for ventilation while the bottom features an integrated banister that …

Architecture

Who Is The Master Of Your Microbial Domain?

Your microbiome may not be pulling all the strings<p>It’s become something of a catchphrase: bacteria outnumber us ten to one. That in itself is a bit of a misnomer as it’s only about three-to-one; your body has about 37 trillion cells while there are estimated to be about 100 trillion microbes. Even …

Biology

Compact Virtual Theater is a little phone-mounted device that turns videos into "holographic" floating images #wmf15 http://t.co/3Lb91FTqxf

Fairphone delivers on its ethical, modular smartphone

Fairphone is a slightly different kind of smartphone manufacturer. It's not out to make the prettiest or the most powerful handsets, but the most ethically responsible. The company bankrolled its first device through a pre-order program, and went on to sell 60,000 of the things, affording it the …

3 gadgets that are always listening and how to stop them

Imagine driving down a dark, deserted road when your tire blows out. There's no one around, but, thankfully, you're not alone. "Hey, Siri. Call roadside assistance." A second later, you get a response in a warm and comforting voice, "Calling roadside assistance."<p>Personal digital assistants, such as …

There's the giant fire-spewing robot I've been looking for! Thanks, Robot Resurrection! #wmf15 http://t.co/WBeQyRJd2S

Artisans Asylum brought a Nerf-shooting tank! I could use one of those... #WMF15 http://t.co/oKBKEjC1D4

This giant drone can carry 50lb! Mohammed Nasir designed "Drones for Humanity" to aid in disaster relief. #wmf15 http://t.co/PPy5ORiRES

Could Algorithms Become Fashion Trendsetters?

Don't wear bytes after labor day<p>We have trained machines to dream, but can we make them follow their dreams of moving to New York to become a fashion designer? In a world where startups use algorithms to find the next fashion trends, it’s not impossible that computers could go beyond finding what’s …

Machine Learning

Drone fight! Two drones enter the arena, one drone leaves. Or they both fall down. #wmf15 http://t.co/19yKho9HCG

Samsung will pay you up to $120 for buying a Galaxy S6, Note 5 on an installment plan

Despite making some of its very best smartphones this year, Samsung has faced an uphill battle convincing customers to buy devices like the Galaxy S6 and Note 5. The company has already cut the price of its flagship S6 and S6 Edge just months after launch, and now the company is launching a new …

Galaxy Note

New images of Pluto's snakeskin surface revealed

Nasa's New Horizons reveals snakeskin-like patterns on the surface of Pluto<p>The latest images of Pluto reveal that the dwarf planet has a much more varied landscape than anticipated.<p>Nasa's New Horizons probe has captured the latest high-resolution images of the dwarf planet, which show what appears …